Hospital/Nursing Negligence

Hospitals and their employees, including nurses, technicians and aides, have a duty to follow hospital rules and regulations and to meet appropriate standards of patient care. This principle is true regardless of whether or not the hospital is in a booming metropolitan area or in a rural part of the state. The failure of a hospital to follow its own rules or meet recognized standards of patient care can result in a patient suffering a serious injury or death. Common negligence errors in hospitals include:

  • Not following proper fall precautions for patients
  • Providing defective hospital equipment to patients or giving patients improper attention resulting in bedsores

Case Summary

The following case summary is a hospital or nursing negligence case we have personally handled and litigated. It is provided for illustrative and informational purposes only, and is not meant to offer legal advice or take the place of a consultation with a qualified attorney with the requisite expertise and experience in these matters. These cases are only a sampling of the actual cases we have handled. While some cases may be similar, each case involves unique parties and specific facts, and the application of those facts to the controlling law may differ significantly depending upon the circumstances. No results or outcomes can be guaranteed in any case.

Gladys C.

Gladys C., an 81-year-old widow, was admitted to a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, due to complaints of fainting. In addition, she had had a stroke several decades earlier that left her unable to use her left arm and left leg, causing her to use a cane to walk. When her family left her alone for the first time to get something to eat, the patient was assisted out of bed and taken to the bathroom door by a nurse's aide where the aide left her. At the time the aide left her, she had undergone a heart catheterization several hours earlier, she was hooked up to an I.V., and she was on multiple prescription medications including Plavix and Dilantin. In subsequent depositions, other co-workers referred to this aide as "lazy, dishonest, and not someone they would want caring for their loved ones." This patient was abandoned in the bathroom for approximately 45 minutes, and after repeatedly pulling the call nurse chain, she attempted to stand on her own at which time she fell. When she fell, she suffered multiple fractures to her pelvis. It was later determined that the call nurse button in that bathroom was defective and not working. As a result of her fractured pelvis, the patient had to have a Foley catheter and ultimately suffered sizable medical bills. Although there was an offer of settlement made before the lawsuit was filed, a confidential six-figure settlement was reached a few weeks before the trial was to begin that was approximately six times the pre-suit settlement offer.

Reach Out For Smart Legal Guidance

The sting of a hospital error can have wide-ranging effects. If you or a loved one has been injured in such a situation, call our Louisville law office at 502-694-7420 or email us to schedule a free initial consultation.